… Rebekah Weber, the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper at the Conservation Law Foundation, says CLF also is disappointed by the delay. Weber says the organization will use the extended timeline to push for more stringent Required Agricultural Practices. “The RAP’s list of authorized activities in buffer zones, for example, including grazing, fertilizer application and harvesting, we… Continue reading After Feedback From Small Farms, State Delays New Water Quality Standards
CLF is working to address the threats to Lake Champlain and waterways across New England, including: Toxic Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Outbreaks Phosphorus and nitrogen have impaired Lake Champlain. Washing off farm fields, roads, parking lots, and eroded stream banks, these nutrients enter the lake and overfeed algal populations, resulting in toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks… Continue reading Threats to Clean Water in Lake Champlain
In the more than 20 years since CLF first hired a Lakekeeper for Lake Champlain, we have fought together for a cleaner, safer, and more accessible lake. Below, explore a timeline of our achievements and learn what fights are still ongoing. 2023 2022 2020 2019 2018 2016 2015 2012 2011 2010 2008 2003 to 2009 … Continue reading The History of the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper
We’re tackling the biggest threats to clean water today.
Vermont doesn’t have a lock on stunning natural settings, but, really, does it get any better than what we have every day? From rugged Camel’s Hump to iconic Lake Champlain, our rural villages to our compact cities, Vermont is our home and it’s the place CLF has pledged to protect with all the passion and expertise that we have.
Here in New England, water is a way of life. Our rivers, streams, lakes, and ocean boost our economy, inspire our play, and enrich our heritage.
In late 2013, an EPA report found that, over the next 30 years, climate change could increase phosphorus levels in Lake Champlain by an average of 30%. The report’s implications for nutrient-impaired waters across the country are significant – more pollution, and its devastating by-products, will only stress our waters more.
Our most iconic waterscapes – Cape Cod, Great Bay, Lake Champlain, and Narragansett Bay – are slowly being choked by nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is traced to fertilizer runoff from agriculture and lawns, animal waste from factory farms, and overflowing sewage. CLF is fighting against nutrient pollution and for clean water in New England.
When it comes to clean water in New England, two big challenges stand in the way: nutrient pollution and stormwater runoff. CLF is working to solve these challenges by pushing local and state governments and the EPA to enforce clean water laws and hold polluters accountable for their damage.